4 Arrested in Bath Meth Bust:
A two-month investigation into the manufacturing of methamphetamine at the Holland American Motel on Route 415 in the Town of Bath has lead to the arrest of four people. According to State Police, troopers responded to the motel on April 13th and interrupted 27-year-old Cassandra Plumley, 33-year-old Christopher English, 29-year-old Whittany Hale, and 30-year-old Colin Decker, all of Bath, in the process of actively manufacturing methamphetamine. A warrant was obtained and executed, and a large quantity of methamphetamine, as well as precursors, reagents, solvents, catalysts, and lab equipment were seized. All four suspects have been charged with unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine in the 3rd, a class D felony, and they were sent to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $25,000 cash bail. Additionally, Hale had a warrant for violation of probation and was held without bail. Police say the investigation is ongoing and more charges are pending.
Bonilla Pleads Not Guilty to Alleged Witness Bribery:
The sister of accused murderer Lloyd Neurauter appeared in Steuben County Court Monday where she plead not guilty to charges of attempted bribery of a witness and conspiracy. According to Steuben County District Attorney Brooks Baker, Wendy Bonilla and her brother “…conspired to give Karrie Neuratuer (Lloyd’s daughter) a free lawyer in her case to encourage her to change her testimony.” Lloyd previously also entered a not guilty plea to the charges. He’s being held in the Livingston County Jail without bail pending trial in the murder of Michelle Neurauter. Karrie Neuratuer pled guilty in early March to second-degree murder in exchange for a sentencing recommendation of 15 years to life and her promise to testify against her father. Bonilla was released Monday on her own recognizance with a series of conditions, including an order of protection for Neurauter’s three daughters and if Bonilla doesn’t appear in court she can be prosecuted without being present and if she is extradited from California, she will pay the cost. Bonilla could face 1 to 4 years in state prison.
Retrial of Sheldon Silver Gets Underway:
The retrial of New York’s former assembly speaker got underway Monday in federal court, with prosecutors saying Sheldon Silver took millions of dollars in kickbacks as part of a legal fee bribery scheme, while his defense insisted the money wasn’t a bribe. Silver was previously convicted in 2015, but that decision was overturned in appeals court. In opening statements Monday, Assistant U.S. Attorney Damian Williams said Silver was “blinded by greed.” Defense attorney Michael Feldberg countered that there’s no proof that Silver pocketed the money in exchange for taking official action, and he said accepting the fees was “100 percent legal.”
Governor Cuomo Announces More than $100M to Pave Roads Impacted by Extreme Weather:
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Monday more than $100 million in state funding to repave and enhance roadways impacted by the harsh weather this past winter. Funding will support 84 projects and the renewal of nearly 1,000 lane miles of pavement across the state, including at least one project in every county and New York City. In the Southern Tier, approximately $18.8 million will pave 179 lane miles of roads in Steuben, Schuyler, Chemung, Tompkins, Tioga, Broome, Chenango, and Delaware counties.
H-port Board of Ed Budget Hearing:
The Hammondsport Board of Education will hold a public hearing tonight on the proposed 2018-2019 budget. It will be held in the high school library, beginning at 6 p.m.